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Same version now. Will run on Windows 95+.
Feb. 16, 2016
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The product has been on the market since 2006. The program is basically unchanged since then.

Try it for free. Don't like it don't buy it. I've had lots of happy customers in the last 10 years. Clearly Michal Rosa won't be one of them.
Feb. 16, 2016
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Yes I have had a copyright agreement since 2006.
Feb. 16, 2016
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Yes, Yuan Shen. My apologies.
Jan. 4, 2016
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Thanks Ray.
Jan. 4, 2016
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The poll needs a 6th option:
“Nobody should bid this way”
Nov. 4, 2015
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Yes you do have to change your strategy depending on your opponents. For example:

In the 60’s a frequent college cafeteria bridge partner asked me to play against her parents. It happened on a particular hand as declarer I played the Ace, LHO the 2, dummy the 3 and RHO the 4. They all placed their cards on the table and exclaimed “kiss your partner!”. A household ritual it seems. My partner was nice enough and I complied but she was not someone I fancied that way. In future I made sure any time I played an Ace and LHO played a 2 not to play the 3 or 4 from dummy.
Oct. 17, 2015
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Robots Tournaments are great for the game of bridge:
- They make money for the ACBL which helps keep other fees down
- They make money for BBO allowing them to offer FREE on-line play
- They make money for Matt Ginsberg so he can keep improving GIB
- Tournaments convenient - all day every day very little waiting
- No wasted time finding a partner of unknown ability or temperament

The GIB Robots
- are polite and never comment when you misplay a hand
- will finish every tournament and never dump you as partner
- never forget to alert and always explain their bids
- never play slow or call the director for your slow play
- never miss-click a bid or card play
- are great for new players to practice and learn

Getting consistently good results in Robot Tournaments is not that easy.
Anyone who does probably deserves a “rank promotion”.
Oct. 17, 2015
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Vul at Imps I force game.
All other forms of scoring it's a 3 card support invite.
If partner has a balanced 12 count I'll be happy with +140.
Sept. 22, 2015
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If 2 is Stayman asking about partner's major suit holdings, it's not alertable regardless of other possible meanings.

Alerting non-alertable bids in BBO ACBL speedballs will frequently delay the play for no reason while opponents wait for answers to inquiries about why a normal bid was alerted.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Kxxxx,Kxxxx,xx,x Deal Master analysis
If you treat as forcing you make game 57% when opener has 15-17.
If the opener has 15 HCP you make game 41%.

Bud's comment is a good one. Some 17's should decline the invite and some 15's should accept. If your regular partner appreciates this the invitational sequence has more value.

Regardless, for my money, in anything but an established partnership I'm with Michael: “just bid game and don't worry about it”

I'd prefer to save those sequences (1NT-2H-2S-3H and 1NT-2D-2H-2S) for use on forcing/slamish major 2 suiters.







Sept. 7, 2015
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Yuan Shen makes a good point. What does an invitational 5-5 look like? Seems to me having a 5-5 invitational sequence is not all that useful. One might be better off deciding a 5-5 is either game forcing or not. Game force transfer to 2S then bid 4H. Weak just transfer to spades and pass (you may get your hearts in if they balance). This saves the other sequences for forcing uses.

As to the re-transfers I'm not really sure that's all that useful either. I ran a 500 hand DealMaster simulation:
North 15-17HCP with 2S and 3+H
South 9HCP 5-5 in the majors.
When the NT hand played 4H there were 5293 tricks available.
When the 5-5 hand played it there were 5281 tricks.
A mere 12 trick gain in 500 hands. Not much gain to give up the sequence 1NT-2H-2S-3D as natural 2 suiter with possible slam interest.

Regardless, interesting discussion.
Sept. 7, 2015
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As a director of BBO ACBL tournaments (where most partnerships are last minute affairs with little systems discussion) I would list the worst conventions as:

1. Stolen bid doubles combined with systems on after your 1NT opening. Mass confusion reigns with lots of horrendous results.

2. Texas Transfers. 1NT-P-4H-P-P-P Sorry partner I forgot!

3. 1430 vs 0314 I would venture to guess there have been 10 times more bad results (when people forget or they didn't discuss) than good ones from playing 1430.

4. Jacoby step responses to 2C. Yes people actually play this monstrosity. Oswald is likely not happy having his name appended to this useless convention.
Aug. 27, 2015
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